Hey all! I’m excited to announce a comedy Podcast I’ve been lending my voice to for some time now is finally live! You can listen to it straight from the website www.themoshowpodcast.com or from iTunes (same name). Essentially it centers around the shenanigans of one of my very good voice over buddies, Mocean Melvin, and his group of friends. There’s a LOT of poking fun at the voice over industry so if you’re curious about some of the stuff that goes on “behind the scenes” in our world, this is a super funny way to find out! Please enjoy!
I am not a religious person. But I still celebrate Christmas. Growing up, we always had Christmas Eve dinner at my parents house. My dad would cook up a storm and my siblings and I would rush through dinner in the hopes we could get to unwrapping presents as soon as we were finished eating! But because we were not religious, Christmas was always about being together as a family. Dinner was always home cooked and took all day, my siblings and I would set the table, we decorated the whole house as a family, and we took great joy in watching each other open presents. My brother and I used to wrap presents for each other with duct tape or do other terrible tings to each other as siblings often do. But it was all in good fun! Some years we had a tree, but most years we didn’t. One year, when I was around 10, my parents bought a LIVE tree and after the holiday was over, they planted it. That tree grew to be HUGE! I went to my parents house today to take a picture of it 25 or so years later:
Now that I’m an adult and out of the house, I keep the tradition alive by hosting Christmas Eve dinner at my house. My husband and I cook and invite over family, which includes his mom as well now (the rest of them are in Europe–hopefully they come out one of these years). This was our first time hosting as husband and wife, so that was especially exciting!
This year I kept presents on the top shelf of my closet until I had time to wrap them. When I went to grab the presents off the shelf I stumbled across something that reminded me of what I love about Christmas–taking an entire day (or two if you celebrate both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) out of your life to focus on sharing love with people in your life.
So what did I find? Well, when I bought my house around 11 years ago, it was under rather unfortunate circumstances. The man who owned my house was a retired Veterinary doctor who also owned a house in Colorado. He was driving from Colorado to this Los Angeles home when he, his girlfriend, and their dog were struck by a drunk driver. Sadly, they lost their lives in the accident. His two adult daughters survived him and decided to sell the Los Angeles house. They wanted to sell it rather quickly, and after fighting another potential buyer for it, they daughters decided their father would want a young woman, just getting started in life, to have it. So I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to buy the house. When I moved in, the house was completely empty EXCEPT for one item, sitting on the top shelf of the closet in the master bedroom. It was a Father’s Day card from one of the daughters to the man who used to live in my house. It was given to him in 1998 and I bought the house in 2003 which meant he had kept the card for a few years. It was special to him. I have always felt that the the fact that the card was the only thing left in this house was some kind of cosmic sign and it was left here for a reason. I never got to meet his daughters, but through this card I feel like I share in their love for their family. The card has always brought me a sense of calm and well being–as if he is here watching over me. Here it is:
I have kept the card all these years as a reminder of how fleeting life can be and how the only thing that really matters at the end of it all is the love you share. In one moment, an accident can take someone special away from you. We can’t always choose our circumstances and sometimes we are dealt terrible hands. But we are all capable of love and sharing it is the greatest gift there is. My wish for you this holiday season is to spend it loving or being loved whether it’s with the family you were born to or the family you created. And my best wishes to you for the coming year!
Ok so I admit that in my shower I think I am the world’s greatest coloratura. I have never had any operatic training but something about the acoustics makes me feel like I’m in some grand European cathedral performing for people who have come from all over the world to see me. But did you know that with a microphone and some cool programs, you can make whatever audio fantasy YOU have come true? I did that with Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This is a song I often sing in my shower, but because there’s a harmony in it I obviously can’t create the full effect just singing in the shower. So tonight I decided to find myself a karaoke version of the song and record myself singing with the harmony of myself on my computer!! Whoohoo!! I recorded (just a little bit of the song) using Adobe Audition in my booth and THEN I added an AltiVerb plugin which made my voice sound exactly the way it would if I were standing in the middle of St. Owens Cathedral in the U.K. THIS is how I sound in my fantasy when I’m singing in the shower and technology has made my fantasy come to LIFE!! You can mess around with programs and see what kinds of interesting songs, characters, or sounds YOU can make! Remember, if you have an interest in the world of voice over, you can’t be afraid to PLAY! So here is my fantasy version of what I hear in my head in the shower!
I became a “professional” actress around the time my sister recorded this home movie of me singing “Why do Fools Fall in Love” in November of 1988. I think it’s hilarious and I wanted to share with you! You can hear my brother’s “commentary” throughout. My brother also was a professional actor for awhile and even voiced “Littlefoot” in the “Land Before Time 2-4.” I took over as “Cera” in “The Land Before Time 5″ so we never got to work together, but you can hear my brother’s singing on youtube as “Littlefoot” if you search for it. No, I am NOT the only singer in the family!!
Another article I wrote was published on the very cool site “All Women Stalk.” This one is about things we should bring back from the 90s. Of course, the cartoon I worked on for many years, “Hey Arnold,” is mentioned. Check it out here:
Very recently I have dabbled in writing articles. It is something I never imagined myself doing, but I do have a background in rhetoric, I have a pretty unique job, and I love reading articles on various blogs/websites. So I thought to myself, why not try? I am very proud to share with you my most recent one published on the pretty awesome website “All Women Stalk,” It’s key demographic is women, but men, you can certainly peruse it as well!! This article is very close to my heart as I share with you some very tough lessons I have learned throughout my life that have helped me move forward. If you’re feeling “stuck” or restless, maybe this will help. Please feel free to share your thoughts. Anndi’s Inspirational Article on All Women Stalk
So my partner for FitMuses, the exercise app for women I founded last year, and I wrote a guest blog for “All Women Stalk” about ways to make the time fly by while you’re exercising. It’s our first guest blog and we are hooked! We are brainstorming for our next contribution and hopefully we will have more to share soon. You can read the article here:http://health.allwomenstalk.com/ways-to-make-time-fly-while-exercising
Christie (my FitMuses partner) and I were asked by igirltechnews.com to give an interview about our experience launching our mobile app, FitMuses. Being an “expert” in voice over is one thing, becoming knowledgeable in a whole new industry is quite another! SO here it is, my “return” to being in FRONT of the camera!! Ha!
FitMuses Interview with iGirltechnews.com
OK OK OK!!! “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” is THE song of the past few months. Everyone is talking about it, giving it awards and covering it! Luckily for me, I love Dinsey songs. Usually the heroines have emotional angsty songs right in my vocal range. Now Idina Menzel is an AMAZING singer and really makes a character her own when she sings….but can’t I be a Disney princess too? Well thanks to technology, I CAN!!!! Haha. And if you work for Disney and are looking for your next singing Disney princess may I humbly nominate myself?
I hope I gave it something all my own
I am very passionate about women’s issues–self-esteem, healthy living, and happiness! about 6 months ago I launched a fitness app for women called FitMuses (www.fitmuses.com). It’s an app for women to listen to as they exercise that essentially re-creates the supportive, fun, motivational environment we women create for ourselves when we exercise with each other. When friends aren’t available, we are! Anytime, anywhere, as long as you have a wi-fi or 3G/4G enabled device and a set of headphones! Well, I submitted my entrepreneur story to a website called “The Story Exchange.” They are a non-profit, digital project showcasing entrepreneurial women around the world. I am happy to say my story was selected! It’s a VERY personal one, and I was quite nervous revealing so much about myself, but at this point in my journey, it is such an honor for me to have a positive impact on anyone’s life. If that means I share my personal journey, then that is what I will do! Read about it here: http://thestoryexchange.org/anndi-mcafee-fitmuses/